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We acknowledge the Aboriginal groups who are the original people of Canterbury-Bankstown. The Daruk (Darag, Dharug, Dharuk) and Eora people were the original inhabitants of the Bankstown and Canterbury areas, for many thousands of years before European settlement and subsequent Council proceedings. You can read more about the first people of our Area on our designated pages.
In the years since European settlement, Canterbury and Bankstown operated as two separate Local Government Areas, each with their own wards and suburbs.
On 12 May 2016, it was announced that the two former areas of Canterbury and Bankstown would merge to become one big community.
For more information about the amalgamation, go to our Becoming A City page.
For more about Canterbury-Bankstown's local history, go to our Library and Knowledge Centres page.